Best Friend (Foster the People song)

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"Best Friend"
Foster the People - "Best Friend".jpg
Single by Foster the People
from the album Supermodel
Released March 10, 2014
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre Indie pop, disco, funk
Length 4:27
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Mark Foster, Isom Innis
Producer(s) Paul Epworth, Mark Foster
Foster the People singles chronology
"Pseudologia Fantastica"
(2014)
"Best Friend"
(2014)
"Are You What You Want to Be?"
(2014)
"Pseudologia Fantastica"
(2014)
"Best Friend"
(2014)
"Are You What You Want to Be?"
(2014)

"Best Friend" is a song by American indie pop band Foster the People. The song is featured as the seventh track on the band's second studio album Supermodel and was released as the record's third single by Columbia Records on March 10, 2014. "Best Friend" was remixed by Australian future bass producer Wave Racer.[1]

Music video[edit]

A lyric video for "Best Friend", animated by Young & Sick, was uploaded to YouTube on March 11, 2014.[2] The song's official video was directed by Ben Brewer.[3]

Synopsis[edit]

The film opens with a supermodel waking up from the floor with a cigarette in her hand, with Mark Foster watching from a chair, she prepares and heads to a photo shoot for a cover of a fashion magazine. The band is seen playing in the background, animated, the supermodel is then shown in a restroom, in regret. Another supermodel is shown alongside her, and when Foster screams; "It dries up", the supermodel turns to cannibalism, eating the other supermodel alive and whole, except the dress, and coughs up her rings and necklace. She then gains physical features, and is shown on a magazine article differently in style.

While the model is at the gym, she notices a women with slim legs (preferably when a magazine shows her quote: "I'd KILL For LEGS Like Yours!"). The woman leaves and the model mutates into a hideous beast, devouring the woman and gaining her features, she is shown with Mark Pontius at a bar, whom she shows her legs to, which grow in size. Various advertisements show her with her enlarged legs. Through an advertisement, we learn that the model has eaten another model.

The film then cuts to the supermodel altering her physical features; smooth skin, enlarged neck, and broader eyes. We then see the three models she has eaten: the one without the dress, the gymnast, and the other supermodel. One throws up a shoe, and the model coughs it up, she then alters her features more, with a bigger and slimmer abdomen. Another advertisement shows her all altered features.

Through a sign, we can see that the model has signed up for a fashion show, with Foster watching from the crowd. While the other models are being showcased, the supermodel is shown taking drugs, in her original form, due to a limited amount of time to showcase her altered features. A model walks downstairs and enters her room, the supermodel is then shown swallowing her, with her jaw enlarged and a slimy snake-like tongue being used. The legs of the woman who is being eaten alive start kicking more and more frantically the more she is swallowed.

Finally, the supermodel walks down the stage as a grotesque, freakish looking humanoid, horrifying the audience. While there, she vomits up a dress, and stretched, wavy arms and hands are photographing the supermodel. The model withers back to her original form, and while Foster is singing the last lines, she is shown gasping for air, and the film ends ambiguously without a clear ending.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Best Friend"
  • Mark Foster
  • Isom Innis
4:27

Personnel[edit]

Foster the People

  • Cubbie Fink – bass
  • Mark Foster – lead vocals, piano, percussion, synthesizer
  • Mark Pontius – drums

Additional personnel

  • Isom Imnis – synthesizer, drums, programming, guitar
  • Sean Cimino – electric guitar, additional effects
  • Stewart Pico Cole – horns

Chart performance[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Australia[12] March 10, 2014 Digital download Columbia Records
Canada[13]
United States[14]
United States[15][16] April 8, 2014 Modern rock radio
May 19, 2014 Adult album alternative radio
Italy[17] June 6, 2014 Contemporary hit radio Sony Music
United Kingdom[18] June 23, 2014 Columbia Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Foster The People - 'Best Friend (Wave Racer Remix)'". Complex. June 6, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  2. ^ Foster the People (March 11, 2014). "Best Friend (Lyric Video)". YouTube. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Best Friend | Foster the People | Music Video". MTV. Viacom Media Networks. May 29, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Foster the People Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  5. ^ "Foster the People Chart History (Canada Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Foster the People – Best Friend" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  7. ^ "Foster the People Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  8. ^ "Foster the People Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "Foster the People Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  10. ^ "Foster the People Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  11. ^ "Alternative Songs: Year End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Best Friend by Foster the People". Google Play. Google. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Best Friend by Foster The People". Canada: 7digital. Archived from the original on June 5, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Best Friend by Foster The People". United States: 7digital. Archived from the original on June 2, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Alternative > Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on April 1, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Triple A > Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on May 8, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  17. ^ Corradini, Paola. "Foster The People – Best Friend (Sony)" (in Italian). Radio Airplay SRL. Archived from the original on June 6, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  18. ^ Lane, Daniel (June 23, 2014). "This Week's New Releases 23-06-2014". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on June 26, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014.